Don't ever let it be said that the folks at Corsair doesn't encourage overclocking. If they did, they'd be hypocrites because they've gone and set another world overclocking record, this time for the highest dual-channel memory frequency on an AMD system.
The setup consisted of an AMD Phenom II X6 Black Edition processor, Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard, Nvidia GeForce 6600GT, and several Corsair-branded components, including a Hydro Series H50 CPU cooler, Nova Series V64 SSD, Professional Series 850HX power supply, and 4GB (2x2GB) of Dominator GTX4 memory.
"The new Phenom II X6 CPUs offer a quantum leap in overclockability for the AMD platform," stated Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair. "The combination of the new CPU core and Corsair's most aggressively sorted DIMMs resulted in some truly amazing memory performance."
More specifically, Corsair was able to push the RAM to 2287.6MHz at CAS 9 "after spending several hours of testing timings, sub timings, voltages, multiple processors, and various frequencies." And as for the processor? The Phenom chip was cruising along at 3717.49MHz.
Memory makers continue to squeeze more performance out of their DDR3 modules, and such is the case with Corsair and its "outrageously fast" GTX4 2355MHz DDR kit.
Not all RAM chips are capable of screaming at such a high frequency, and Corsair says the modules that qualify have undergone an extremely meticulous, manual screening process, with each one representing the fastest thirty-two RAMS out of thousands of candidates.
"The GTX 4 modules are truly Corsair's greatest expression of the memory overclocker's art," stated Michal Nowicki, master overclocker at Corsair. "These modules are so fast that most CPUs will require sub-ambient cooling to run them at their maximum speed. Each GTX4 module represents hours of my work in the lab, and is authenticated by me personally."
The hand-tested kits sport 9-11-10-30 latency settings and are available now, in limited quantity, direct from Corsair ($325 per 2GB sticks).
With all the fancy new controllers out there—the SandForces, Toshibas, Da Vincis, and what have you—we were a little concerned that vendors would forget the little controller that made it all possible: the Indilinx Barefoot controller. Yep, the one that powers our current Best of the Best Patriot Torqx, as well as every other top-performing SSD of the past year. In this land of the new, can Corsair’s Nova V128, which sports the classic Barefoot controller, still push bits with the best of ‘em?
Yep. Though the SandForce-based drives in the roundup push the best sustained write speeds yet, the Nova V128’s Indilinx controller with 64MB of cache still sustains the fastest reads of the drives in this roundup, averaging 210MB/s on our test bed (the Torqx’ read speeds are slightly higher). And the V128’s average writes of 163MB/s are right up there with the 128GB Torqx.
Covering both ends of the solid state drive (SSD) spectrum, Corsair today announced the addition of two new drives to its Nova Series SSDs in 32GB and 256GB form.
The 32GB model is now the lowest capacity Nova drive Corsair carries. Read and write speeds check in at 195MB/s and 75MB/s, respectively, and like the other Nova drives, the 32GB model supports the TRIM command used by Windows 7.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the 256GB model is Corsair's largest Nova SSD to date, but it's not just about capacity. The largest drive ups the performance ante with 250MB/s read and 195MB/s write speeds. Both drives sport the popular Indilinx Barefoot controller, 64MB of cache, and a SATA II interface.
Corsair didn't announce a price for either drive, but give the street prices of the 64GB and 128GB models, we expect the 32GB to check in at around $100 and the 256GB somewhere in the vicinity of $700.
Do you really need 16GB or 24GB of RAM? For most users, the answer is 'probably not.' But could you picture pairing Intel's Core i7 980X processor with a 24GB DDR3 kit? Sure you could, and Corsair is ready to oblige.
The Fremont, CA-based memory maker announced a pair of new Dominator kits this week, both of which border on the excessive. According to Corsair, the new 16GB and 24GB kits have also been "rigorously qualified and tested" on Intel's X58 (24GB) and P55 (16GB) platforms. But who are these really for?
"We continue to see increasing demands for high density solutions from programmers, scientists, videographers, and other data-intensive users," stated John Beekley, VP of Technical Marketing at Corsair. "These new 1600MHz modules will enable a new level of processing speed for handling these large data sets."
Both kits sport latencies of 9-9-9-24 and are available now. The 16GB kit runs $1,000, while the 24GB kit checks in at $1,450, and both include Corsair's Airflow fan.
When this week began, Xtremesystems forum member SteveRo held the PCMark Vantage world record with a score of 30,359,. Now SteveRo sits in second place, having conceded the top spot to Corsair Labs with a record-breaking score of 32,947.
"To demonstrate just how fast our products are, we decided to go after the PCMark Vantage world record," Corsair said. "This benchmark heavily stresses the entire system, not just he CPU and GPU like the 3DMark Series. With PCMark Vantage the memory and SSDs are stressed just as much if not more than the CPU and GPU, with almost all of the individual benchmark tests taking advantage of the fast solid-state drives."
SSD performance proved key in Corsair's successful attempt at taking the performance crown. Corsair's record-breaking system included eleven Force Series F200 SSDs along with Corsair Dominator GTX2 DDR memory. Overclocking also played a heavy role, with Corsair using liquid nitrogen to cool an Intel Core i7 980X processor and pushing the frequency up to a blistering 5.79GHz.
Go big or go home. That’s a lesson Corsair apparently took to heart for its first chassis, a 24x24x9-inch full-size enclosure that rivals Cooler Master’s ATCS 840 in size. Corsair’s Obsidian 800D is all black, from its matte steel frame and side panels to its brushed-aluminum front bezel, from motherboard tray to front-panel cables, from screws to standoffs. And the goodness is more than skin deep—the 800D has everything you’d expect from a premium case: quick-swap SATA bays, thermally isolated compartments, plenty of cable-routing cutouts, and more. In fact, it’s one of the best cases we’ve tested in years.
The 800D is divided into several “cooling zones”: the top compartment with the motherboard and optical bays; the bottom compartment, where the power supply sits; and a front compartment with four hot-swap 3.5-inch SATA bays. Each compartment is cooled by a separate 14cm fan, and the top compartment has room for three additional 12cm exhaust fans, as well as support for liquid-cooling radiators. Fresh air is drawn in through dust-filtered intakes at the bottom of the case, which is lifted one inch off the ground by three supporting feet.
Corsair today lifted the capacity ceiling on its compact Flash Voyager Mini USB flash drive line by announcing a new 32GB model, which is twice the size as the previous capacity king.
"USB flash drive users love the convenience and ruggedness of the Flash Voyager Mini form factor," stated John Beekley, VP of Technical Marketing at Corsair. "The increase in density to 32GB allows users to carry their digital world with them at all times on this compact drive."
The ruggedness Beekley refers to comes in the form of a rubberized housing. And to keep the size down, all Flash Voyager Mini drives come equipped with a cap-less retractable USB connector.
Corsair says the new 32GB model is available now from "authorized distributors and resellers worldwide." Pricing looks to have settled around $100 street.
In another nod towards the increasingly popular SandForce controller, Corsair today announced its Force Series SSDs built around SandForce.
"The Force Series are the fastest SSDs that Corsair has launched to date," stated Kevin Conley, Vice President of Engineering at Corsair. “We have been very impressed with the SandForce SSD Processor innovations in the months that we have been working with them, and we can’t wait to get these extraordinarily fast SSDs into the hands of our most demanding customers."
And fast they are, at least on paper. By combining the SandForce SF-1200 SSD processor with MLC flash memory, Corsair claims its new SSD line can race along at 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write speeds.
These will be available in 100GB and 200GB capacities and come with TRIM support in Windows 7. No word yet on price or availability.
Corsair's been quite the busy body at CeBIT. In addition to a new line of flash drives, Corsair also used the convention to launch a pair of new CPU air coolers, the A70 and A50.
Corsair's A70 targets the high-end crowd with "exceptional cooling performance" through four 8mm copper heatpipes integrated into a highly-polished aluminum base. Similar to Cooler Master's Hyper 212 Plus (our review here), the heatpipes look to whisk away heat more efficiently by making direct contact with the CPU's integrated heatspreader (IHS). The A70 also comes with two dual-speed 120mm fans arranged in a "Push-Pull" configuration.
The A50 takes things down a notch with three heatpipes instead of four, but these will also make direct contact with the IHS. It includes a single 120mm fan and a compact design, Corsair says.